Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.   Hebrews 10:23-25
Follow Us:
An LCMSU Chapter at the University of Arizona

About Us

Hold Fast Fellowship is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Arizona and a member of the University Religious Council at the University of Arizona. 

We are a Bible-teaching and gospel-preaching fellowship, a community of Christians who strive to stir one another up to love and good works. 

Everything we do is centered in the truth of Jesus Christ... That Jesus, true God and true man, was crucified, died, and rose again so that we could have forgiveness of sins, be reconciled to God, and enjoy eternal life.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, and in deep gratitude to God, we want to proclaim this truth to everyone, because we know that God wants all people to come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved.  ​​

Our Pastor

Pastor Joshua Palmer is the chaplain for Hold Fast Fellowship. He is also the assistant pastor of Catalina Lutheran Church. 

Pastor Palmer was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Desert Christian High School, where he met his wife, Kristine Wallace Palmer. Together they have 8 children, 2 dogs, 3 cats, over 1,000 books, and an old school bus they take on family trips.

Pastor Palmer earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He was ordained in 2015. 

What We Believe

There is only one God, in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was incarnate and born of the virgin Mary. He is both true God and true man.

Jesus died, descended into hell, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven; He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Sin is an inborn, contagious, hereditary disease that infects all human beings from the moment of conception and results in death. 

No human being can obtain eternal life by his own efforts. 

Eternal life is only received through the forgiveness of sins, which is a free gift of God to all mankind given through the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

This gift of forgiveness and eternal life comes from hearing and believing the good news that Jesus died and rose to save us. 

The Holy Spirit produces faith when and where it pleases God in those who hear the good news of Jesus. 

Good works are necessary. True faith produces good works.

Those who believe do good works because of God’s work in them. Those works do not add to, or subtract from, the forgiveness and eternal life God gives by grace, through faith in Jesus.

The church is the assembly of believers, in which God’s Word is preached and His sacraments are administered.

Baptism is the normal means by which believers enter into the church and receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Baptism is not a work, but a gift from God to the baptized person.

The true body and blood of Jesus are really present in, with, and under the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper. 

The Lord’s Supper is given to sorrowing sinners for their forgiveness and healing.


Hold Fast Fellowship is a chapter of LCMS U, an inititive of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. This is what LCMS U has to say about campus ministry:

"This generation of young people is becoming increasingly lost in a world of gray. ... Idols are everywhere. Where truth is being set aside, cultural decay soon follows. However, the Word of God is powerful and effective. Christ alone is the answer, even as He reminds us that “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). 

Thanks be to God for the tremendous evangelism opportunities that exist on our nation’s campuses. The need is greater than ever, and LCMS U is helping to provide the structure and resources for congregations and campus ministries engaged in this effort."